May  15

Cash reward stands


The cash reward of Rs 10 lakhs announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be kept secret.  The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006






ITANAGAR, May 14: The Gauhati High Court has declared the May 16 as holiday for its Itanagar Permanent bench on account of Municipal and Panchayat elections. However, June 15 (Saturday) will remain as court working day in lieu of May 16, according to Court release.


RGU exams rescheduled

ITANAGAR, May 14: Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) end PG semester examination scheduled on May 15,  16 and  17 has been postponed to May 31 and June 1 and 3 respectively. Further UG college annual examination 2013 scheduled on May 16  has been postponed to May 18, Dr Nani T Jose, deputy registrar, RGU Rono Hills, Doimukh  informed.


Power allocation revised

ITANAGAR, May 14: The Transmission, Planning and Monitoring zone of the Power department has  revised the  power allocation to the  districts connected with grid for the month of May and June.

The Chief Engineer (P) of power department in a release said   the SLDC has been ordered to monitor hourly power drawl by all concerned and to report regularly on defaulting  divisions/districts  for corrective measures. It further said that district/division wise allocation shall be reviewed from time to time depending upon availability of power from both state and central sector sources.


Notice served to the violator of code of conduct

ITANAGAR, May 14: Violation of Election Model Code of Conduct by contesting candidate has been reported from Longding district.

According to a DIPRO report, a person contesting for Zilla Parishad Member was caught with cash amount of Rs.3,44,000 along with liquor and beer bottles. The money and liquor have been seized and a notice served to the erring candidate.

“This is a case of clear violation of model code of conduct,” the DC cum DEO said and cautioned all contesting candidates, their supporters and the government employees to follow the election code of conduct strictly failing which similar action would be initiated. DIPRO


Don’t harass the genuine voters: APCC

ITANAGAR, May 14: Claiming that some other political party candidates and their supporters are unnecessarily harassing and threatening the genuine voters asking them to vote in favour of their candidates in Municipal  and PR election in Capital complex, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) today vehemently condemned such practice. APCC also claimed that few candidates are making fake identity proof for the bogus voters to produce during polling day if required.

The APCC appealed to the district administration to check the bogus voters in the sensitive areas of Itanagar Municipality.


ASUD resents  non-release of stipend

ITANAGAR, May 14: Angry over non-release of stipend to the students, Arunachal Student Union Delhi (ASUD) has cautioned the state government not to play with the students’ emotion.

While criticizing the state government for adopting dilly-dallying tactics to release students’ stipend, ASUD also demanded fruitful action from All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union and All Nyishi Students’ Union in this matter.


KVK conducts training on onion cultivation

ITANAGAR, May 14: Training cum demonstration on scientific cultivation of onion was organized by Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Lower Subansiri district at Hong village today. Subject Matter Specialist in Horticulture Shashi Kant Chaturvedi trained the farmers about scientific cultivation and management practices of Onion for higher yield.

Yowa Nunu, SMS (Agronomy) also suggested the farmers on methods of onion cultivation.

Altogether 15 farmers participated in the said training.


 NIT signs MoU with NIRD for M Tech course

ITANAGAR, May 14: National Institute of Technology, Arunachal Pradesh has initiated a dream project of running course M.Tech on Appropriate Technology and Entrepreneurship in collaboration with National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), Hyderabad and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the two in presence of Prof. Dr. Chandan Tilak Bhunia, Director, NIT and Dr. MV Rao, Director General, NIRD on May 11 to run the M.Tech course from the academic session 2013-14.

The programme is stated to be highly innovative and relevant for growth and development of the nation. It is the first time that such a prospective course is launched in India.


SC sets aside ‘impugned judgement’

ITANAGAR, May 14: While giving its judgment on civil appeal (No 8260 of 2012) filed by Markio Tado, the Supreme Court of India set aside the ‘impugned judgment’ and order rendered by the Gauhati High Court on November 12, 2012.

After hearing in details and thorough examination,  Justice H L Gokhale pronounced the  judgment of the  Supreme Court Bench comprising Justice G S Singhvi and his lordship on  May 10 which  read “we have no option but to allow this appeal and set aside the  impugned judgement and order rendered by the  learned judge of Gauhati High Court dated 12.11.2012. The election petition filed by respondent  no 1  (Takam Sorang) bearing election petition No 1 (AP) of 2009, renumbered as election petition No 1 (AP of 2012, shall stand dismissed.”


Delete the names of bogus voters: GDF

ITANAGAR, May 14: Gohpur Dene Federation (GDF) has demanded the authorities concerned to delete the names of bogus voters from the electoral rolls under Ward No 2 in Itanagar Municipality segment.

Producing a copy of HC Itanagar bench order on a writ petition filed by a resident of Gohpur Tinali (Ward No 2) seeking Court direction to the respondent to look into the anomalies in voters list, the Federation claimed that the names of some voters were shown as voters in two different segments in violation of  laid down laws.

In its order issued on May 10, the HC said that the respondent – Municipal officer, Itanagar shall consider the representation submitted by petitioner on May 2 and dispose of the same within a week.





303 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large. 


News Impact


Elaborate security arrangement for Panchayat polls


ITANAGAR, May 14: With barely a day left for the Panchayat polls in Arunachal Pradesh, the election authorities in Upper Siang district were apprehensive about bad weather condition which may disrupt road communication during poll period, if the rainy weather persists. Fortunately, there has been no report of road blockade received from anywhere in the district till filing of this report.

The last batch of polling teams and Sector Magistrates of Upper Siang district left the district headquarter, Yingkiong today for their respective polling stations for conduct of the Panchayat Poll on May 16.

At West Kameng, a total of 27 Sector Magistrates today received their final training in Bomdila for successful conduct of the PR polls.

Addressing the trainees, Deputy Commissioner AK Singh reiterated on the importance of the role to be played by the Sector Magistrates in the successful conduct of the polls in their respective sectors.

“Ultimate aim of the Sector Magistrates should be for the peaceful conduct of the polls with minimum use of force,” he said.

He also spelt on the other duties and responsibilities of the Sector Magistrates and urged them to carry out their duties pro-actively and without fear or favor.

“Matters should not be escalated rather the assigned officers should tactically handle the situation,’’ he added.

Superintendent of Police Nupur Prasad informed of the Police deployments and other security arrangements put in force for conduct of the polls. She also assured to provide Walkie-Talkies to the Sector Magistrates in addition to the ones available with the Police officers. However, elaborate police networking system has been made and the Sector Magistrates can use the same for effective conduct of the polls, she said. She asked them to deal with the trouble shooters firmly and in conformity with the guidelines issued and deter them from jeopardizing the election process. ADC cum DPDO Habung Donyi and Prosecuting Officer R.S Kumar dealt on the guidelines for the Sector Magistrates and on the Electoral offences and election disputes and urged the trainees to perform their duties with diligence.

With this training of the Sector Magistrates, all the exercises have been completed and everything accounted for. A total of 521     Polling personnel have been pressed into service for the 93 (Ninety three) Polling stations in the district where the poll is being contested.

The district has 39 Hyper-sensitive and 37 sensitive Polling stations but adequate security arrangements have been made with the additional forces provided to thwart misadventures, if any.

A report from Upper Subansiri informed that the district was ready to conduct the panchayat election in 162 polling booths set up in 14 Anchal Blocks.

Election will be held to elect 10 ZPMs, 86 ASMs and 97 GPMs in the district.

A total of about 750 polling 500 security personnel have been deployed to oversee the polling process in the district.

It is pertaining to mention here that 4 ZPMs, 62 ASMs and 421 GPMs have been elected uncontested in the district.

Elaborate security arrangement has been made for smooth and peaceful conduction of the election, informed Deputy Commissioner cum DEO Tahang Taggu.

Another report from Khonsa informed that the government employees of Tirap district who have been assigned various election duties have exercised their right of vote today.

272 electors cast their vote till 4.30pm. Khonsa Anchal Block had the highest voters turn out of 136 while Lazu Anchal Block had only 9. Fifty-one voters from Khela-Lamsa, 41 from Dadam and 35 from Kapu Anchal Blocks also cast their votes.

The voters falling under the Deomali and Soha Anchal Blocks have exercised their right at RO office Deomali although no official reports have been received till now.

Meanwhile, a meeting cum interactive session of executive magistrates/sector magistrates and police officials of both Itanagar Municipal and Panchayati Raj elections in Papum Pare was held at Siddhartha Hall here today.  

Addressing the magistrates and police, Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu suggested them to extend cooperation to each other as certain areas are common to both urban and rural for smooth conduct of municipal and panchayat election. He informed that static magistrates would be deployed at hypersensitive areas along with the sector magistrate so that no untoward incident takes place during the poll. He also informed that mobile police and magistrates would also be provided for the entire process.

He also requested the Superintendent of Police (City) Surender Singh to provide the situation report timely to the Control Room.

Elaborating on security arrangements, the SP informed that barricade would be setup in areas to monitor the movement of public where there are chances of brawl or clashes. He also informed that extra police would be deployed to hypersensitive and sensitive area as announced earlier.

Advocating against re poll, SS Bedi, Special Observer said that the sector magistrate and police should coordinate with each other. He also informed that reserve EVMs are provided to the Sector Magistrates for immediate replacement of defunct EVM.

Bokar Basar, MRO, SC Debnath, Dy. Secretary Education, Tarin Dakpe, ADC Yupia were also present in the meeting.

Meanwhile, total disruption of power generation from Nuranang Hydro Electric Project-1 of Jang has affected the election process in Tawang.

According to a report from Dr Dilip Kr Chutia, Additional Deputy Commissioner Jang, Power generation was totally disrupted after the spill way channel and forebay tank of Nuranang Hydro Electric Project-1 of Jang were washed away by a massive landslide caused by heavy and torrential rain last night.

The Hydro Electric Project is the primary source of power for entire Tawang district and its sudden closure has adversely affected the election process in the district, the ADC informed. According to the Department of Hydro Power Development restoration of the hydel project would take atleast two to three months.

Meanwhile, RWD & Tourism Minister Pema Khandu accompanied by the Deputy Commissioner Abhishek Deb, ADC Jang Dr Dilip Kr Chutia visited the site and took stock of the situation. The minister instructed the District Administration and the department concerned to take all steps for immediate restoration of the hydel project so that generation of power starts at the earliest. DIPROs



Highest decadal growth in population recorded in Kurung Kumey district

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, May 14: According to the Primary Census Abstract (PCA)-Data Highlights of Census 2011, highest decadal growth in population which has been recorded in Kurung Kumey district with 113.5 per cent.

This was revealed during a press conference for the release of PCA at Arunachal Press Cub here today. Joint Director, Census Operation, Bharti Chanda read out the PCA data highlights in front of the media persons and officials of the various government departments.

The total population of Arunachal Pradesh is 13,83,727 showing an increase of  285,759 persons in absolute numbers of population during the decade 2001-2011. During this decade, population of the state grew 26.03 percent against 27.00 percent in the previous decade.

As per Census 2011, 10,66,358 persons live in rural areas and 3,17,369 persons lives in urban areas in Arunachal Pradesh.

Density of population as per current Census is 17 persons per sq km against 13 persons per sq km in 2001.

Child population in the age group 0-6 years in 2011 Census is 212,188 with 205871 in 2001.

Sex ratio in Census 2011 is 938 females per 1000 males as against 893 in 2001 Census.

Population of Scheduled Tribes in this Census is 951,755 as against 7,05,158 in 2001. As per Census 2011, number of literates is 65.38 percent against 54.34 in 2001 with only 11.04 percent growth rate in the last decade.

In the total population of 13,83,727 for the entire state, 5,87,657 is the number of total workers in the which tantamount to only 42.5 percent of work participation rate.



Utilize your adult franchise for vibrant democracy:CM

ITANAGAR, May 14: With a day left for the state to go for Panchayat and Municipal bodies, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki appealed the people to exercise their fundamental right of adult franchise with confidence for a vibrant democracy in the grassroots.

“I appeal my fellow citizens to utilize their adult franchise to elect the right representatives for themselves. This is your fundamental right given by the Constitution of India and no one can curtail it. You have the right to decide your future. Therefore utilize it without fear or prejudice. Remember your one vote can change the future of your area and your state,” he said in a statement today.

Tuki expressed optimism that the election process would be completed successfully without any hindrance. In a veiled warning, he called upon all elements intending to disrupt the electoral process to desist from any such act. He said anyone attempting to disrupt the democratic process or incite violence or create law and order problem will be dealt strictly as per law.

The Chief Minister called upon the administration and security agencies to ensure conduction of a free and fair election without fear or favour.

“The Government assures to provide a conducive atmosphere for our electorates to exercise their fundamental rights in a free and transparent manner. We hope that voter turnout this election would surpass all earlier records,” he said.

Specifically addressing electorates of Itanagar and Pasighat, where Municipal elections would be held for the first time, Tuki said, “This is a history in creation. Let us participate in this maiden electoral process rising above our differences and make the best beginning possible.”

The Chief Minister urged all political parties, organizations, civil society and social activists to help the Government maintain law and order during the electoral process.

“With pride, let us look back at this election as one the most peaceful and successful ones,” he appealed.



Changlang witness a silent revolution in health care  

CHANGLANG, May 14: At a time when the entire state machinery is busy with Panchayat election the Changlang district administration is inching towards a silent revolution in the fields of nutrition, pre-primary education, health-care and children with special needs.

A comprehensive programme named “Children of the Mist” has been started by the district administration wherein all the children of Anganwadi will be medically screened to find out incidences of malnutrition, delayed development and disability, if any and provide them requisite medical care and nutritional supplements.

Specially designed training modules for Anganwadi and ECCE workers are also scheduled to improve the quality of pre-primary education.

The programme was kick-started from Bordumsa on May 3.

The dedicated health teams screened 1139 children of 56 anganwadi centers in Bordumsa Sub-Division. The children were examined for general and dental ailments. Out of 1139 children total 542 children were found under weight. Nine among the underweight children were found severely under weight/malnourished and are being further examined at District Hospital, Changlang. 65 children were detected with dental ailment and treated at Changlang. Out of 1139, nine cases of squint and ptosis, two cases of blindness and four cases of locomotive disability detected which are further being screened at District hospital.

These children will be referred to specialists if required for further corrective surgeries. All children were de-wormed and requisite nutritional supplements and medicines were given.

Further, a two-day training for Anganwadi and ECCE workers was organized on May 6 and 7 wherein workers were taught the latest teaching-learning methods and study material was devised in the local tribal language. Healthy habits like washing hands before eating, cleaning teeth, cutting nails etc. were also taught to the Anganwadi children.

Deputy Director, ICDS and lecturers of DIET, Changlang contributed greatly to make this a success.

Children with special needs (CSWN) already identified under SSA were also screened by the visiting medical team for further interventions. The district administration has resolved to cover all the Anganwadis, primary school and CSWN under this programme and provide children necessary nutritional supplements and medical intervention to make their life better and lay foundation of strong and healthy state.

Meanwhile, Changlang Deputy Commissioner Chanchal Yadav has appreciated the efforts of District Medical officer and health team for the initiative. DIPRO



Reckless driving causes highest number of death in state capital

Lency Pangin

ITANAGAR, May 14: Reckless driving is an issue that has lately risen to the point that every now and then an accident gets reported. Maybe society considers it as a minor and irrelevant issue. There are no specific measures taken to prevent rapid occurring of road accidents and to curb down the reckless driving.

According to the survey road accidents is the prime cause of death in the state capital, which should really draw the attention of Govt. and officials. They have to take deeper look into curbing down the road accidents and perhaps implement harder rules on reckless driving.

Why Rash driving? What is it that makes the citizen drive their vehicles like crazy maniac? Is it the thrill of chasing the speed or is it simply because one is a bad driver -- in either way a person can never be  justified or has the right to take the lives of an innocent person even if it is unintentional. The worrisome consequences of rash driving are that one doesn’t simply get hurt without endangering other people’s lives.

New trend that has infiltrated the capital complex and leaving most of the citizen furious is the Bike riders. Bystanders are scared and get worried about the bike riders of the capital. The public are wondering if the authorities will come down heavily against these teenagers who are creating menace due to adrenaline rush and will police act against them for violation of traffic rules.

Rash driving has led to the death of numerous people more than disease or natural calamity in our state. Who should be accountable for the death of those people who are being killed because of negligence caused by someone else? Has the society not learned to value the life of others too? What makes this people drive recklessly, because to the contrary of our capital development, look at the roads of our capital complex. It is so small it hardly fits two vehicles at a time and above it, these reckless drivers try to zoom past the daylight traffic in such high speed adding irony to the situation.

 To ensure public safety authorities has to take some step immediately. The traffic police need to implement restriction over the speed limit not just during the normal daylight but also during the night as most of the accidents occurs during the night time. There is no such proper pedestrian or footpath (although it is now being constructed) in the capital road.

Society needs to highlight these very issue not just because it is the violation of the traffic rules but it is also about an innocent lives been taken away and endangering lives of rest of the population. Authority should draw their attention towards curbing down the very issue of rash driving. And of course there are many possible measures that can be taken such as proper installation of traffic signals in specific points, also to check the alcohol intake (which is also one of the prime reasons for reckless driving), regulate strict patrolling and most importantly laying down speed breakers at places which are accident prone areas and in crowded places. We should also look at some of the very effective measures taken by the western countries like introduction of RADAR GUN, which is used to detect the speed of a vehicle within stream of traffic. It can be expensive but proved very effective. Moreover citizen should itself realise and act responsible and drive their vehicle without creating a menace and also without endangering public safety and stop driving recklessly.



Health secretary calls for effective plan to make immunisation week a grand success

ITANAGAR, May 14: Secretary Health & Family Welfare Indira Mallo Jain stressed on Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaign involving ASHAs and IPR Department prior to Immunization Week.

Addressing the first state task force meeting on immunization at the Conference Hall of Directorate of Health Services today, the Health Secretary has suggested various measures to be taken for successful organization of the Immunization Week to be started from June 3.

Expressing her desire to know the status of cold chain and logistics in the state for keeping the vaccine in law temperature, Indira suggested for issuing instruction to DMOs to send pre-report of plan to the SHQ.

Dr. Tana Takum, State Surveillance Medical officer (WHO-NPSP) gave an overview of Immunization coverage in the state. Record reveals that highest number of unvaccinated infants are found in India and that is why the Govt of India has declared 2012-13 as the ‘Year of Intensification of Routine Immunization, he informed’.

He went on to present the Rationale for Task Force and Terms of Reference of State Task Force for Immunization. The state Health Management Information System (HMIS) data on Immunization coverage during 2012-13 reflected Full Immunization Coverage at 46%, the highest being Papum Pare and East Kameng the lowest, he shared.

Dr. T. Taloh, Joint Director Health Services (Family Welfare) presented the Communication Plan for increasing Routine Immunization Coverage in Arunachal Pradesh. Identifying the key issues and problems from a situational analysis, he presented both the Providers and Beneficiaries aspect where non-credible data, lack of proper reporting from facilities were highlighted as providers’ aspect and lack of knowledge on Immunization and its importance, fear of side effects after vaccination were some points accredited to the beneficiaries’ aspect. Further, he dwelt at length on the details of other Communication Plan such as, Proposed Communication activities, Expected outcome, Timeline/venue, Resource required, Supporting partners and Actual outcome after implementation of the planned activity.

The status of RI fund in the last 3 years and status of Implementation of Immunization week during 2012-13 were also highlighted by him.

Representatives from IPR department and Women & Child Development also attended the meeting along with Director Health Services, Jt.DHS (FW), Nodal officer (NRHM) and Senior officers and staff of the Mission Directorate.



Lohit DC puts emphasis on institutional delivery to reduce maternal mortality

ITANAGAR, May 14: Lohit Deputy Commissioner RK Sharma has strongly advocated for institutional delivery to reduce maternal and infant mortality rate.

Chairing a review meeting on achievement under National Rural Health Mission in the district conducted by the District Health Society at Tezu yesterday, the DC urged health officers, officials and workers of the district to put more efforts to reduce the mortality rate by encouraging institutional delivery. He informed that India has appalling rate of infant and maternal mortality.

The DC assured to persuade the higher authority for an ambulance for Mahadevpur CHC. He appealed to all medical officers to discharge their duty with dedication and to the satisfaction of all.

District Medical Officer Dr N Ninu while highlighting on NVBDCP and Leprosy in the district informed that there are a total of six leprosy cases in the district and they are presently under treatment (MB category). She requested all medical officers for timely submission of report all activities.

DRCHO, Dr. Nani Rika, highlighted through PowerPoint presentation the physical and financial achievement under NRHM during 2012-13 and requested all for better performance in the next year. He also emphasized on institutional delivery and asked the ASHAs and health workers to motivate the mothers for hospital delivery.

DTO Dr UK Nath also presented on RNTCP.

The meeting was attended by Medical Officer in charge of District Hospital, CHC, PHC, SC and all vertical programme officers.



Death of senior teacher mourned

PASIGHAT, May 14: East Siang Teachers Association mourned the untimely demise of Dil Bakh Singh Ohlan, Sr. Teacher (History) of Dambuk Higher Secondary School, who died on 12th May last at the age of 55 . Late Singh Ohlan was a permanent resident of Haryana and started his career as Junior Teacher on 28/8/1982 and served at various places like Dirang, Tawang and Ziro at the same capacity and later on promotion as Senior Teacher he was posted at Anini, Bomdila and Dambuk. He is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters.

The ATA district unit also extended sincere gratitude to the DC Lower Dibang Valley Kumar, DDSEs of LDV and East Siang and Principal Mebo HSS for their support and cooperation  in sending the  body of Late Singh Ohlan upto Dibrugarh from Dambuk via Pasighat. East Siang ATA prayed to the almighty God to give rest the departed soul in heavenly abode and strength to the bereaved family members to bear the loss.

The Education Fraternity of Lower Dibang Valley District also condoled the untimely demise of D B Singh Ohlan, Senior Teacher (History) who died of cardiac arrest on May 12 at Dambuk.

DDSE T  Tatak  in his condolence message said that the services rendered by late Ohlan were remarkable and priaseworthy.

He was a sincere and dedicated teacher and a man of humble character who performed his duty with full dedication, said DDSE T Tatak in his condolence message.  His untimely demise has created a void in the department which will take many time to fill in.  His body was taken back to his native place at Haryana for the last rite. DIPROs

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Check license of all clinic

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed column, I would like to bring the following facts to the notice of the authority. In Arunachal Pradesh, many laboratories and clinics are mushrooming without any valid license. Most worrying fact is number of ultrasound clinics coming up even in small towns. For example, during my recent visit to Ziro town, I was told there are many ultrasound clinics there. I don't know whether they are authorized or not. I would like to request the authority to kindly verify so that they are not misused.


Akha Tayu,




Let sanctity of NERIST remain intact

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your daily I would like bring to the notice of general public who visit NERIST about certain rules of the campus. NERIST is neither a driving school nor a place for doing bike stunt, dating lovers, drinking liquors etc. It is the only technical institute in the state which is very unique in its existence and let it remain unique forever. Visitors are always welcomed but we are very strict against such activities in the campus and violators may have to pay if found guilty. This is being informed with best intention and we seek your cooperation.


Boa Kapa





DM order violated

Dear Editor,

Kindly allow me to express my view in your esteemed daily. Off late, I have observed that candidates for Municipal election are violating the order of district magistrate Itanagar capital complex.

In the public notice DM/ICC/01/2012 Itanagar Dated 1st May’2013, the capital district magistrate had prohibited use of loudspeaker and banned holding of any kind of public procession/rally by the contestant party. But contestant candidates seem least bother about the order. They are using loudspeaker and taking out rally with slogan shouting (obviously help of loudspeaker). Such thing can cause problem for common people and may lead to conflict among workers of candidates.

And at the end of public notice, capital DM had warned that any violator shall be dealt seriously as per the law. To our utter surprise, no action has been initiated either by district magistrate or election commissioner against the person who has violated the order. This is not beseeching to the concern authority for any action but simply trying to tell what been observed.


Dugi D



Pachayat election- a family destructor ?

Dear Editor,

With our state gearing up for Panchayat and Municipal elections in another day, the tension is in the air. This is the time when villagers get divided and the ever so loving brethren from the same mother become lifelong enemies. Whilst the destruction of the society takes place, we have our great leaders making promise, as Nikita Khrushchev the former soviet premier rightly mentions, “To build bridge even where there is no river”. They play on the innocence of the village folks and turn them against each other for their benefit. For them it’s only a matter of month or two of campaign, while the villagers have to live with it for generations together. If at all mutual understanding takes place, some part of it always exist at the background as glowing amber. The leaders give air to such old flame whenever they get chance. It really is heartbreaking seeing small brothers and sisters of village being brought up in proximity of this corrupt environment, for these early exposures really degrade their character. I wonder sometimes if we really were better off with our gaon buras and local councils, for these people were selected on the basis of their experience and knowledge, rather than muscle and money power. It also led to strong feeling of brotherhood and oneness,


Gida Sima,

VKV Itanagar




Please listen to our plea

Dear Editor,

This is really hard time for the student pursuing higher studies, far away from native places, as we are yet to receive 'STIPEND'. It is almost unbearable to meet high price at the moment. The students coming from poor family background live miserable life in cities.

In today's storming inflation, the poor people are suffering the most and many of us are the scion of this poor family. Till last year, to some extent the stipend from the government had helped us to get back home during semester vacation though it is a meager amount if compared to the scholarship received by students of other state. Unfortunately, our state government has not enhanced the stipend amount keeping in view present market condition where things are so costly.  Now, most of the students have finished their semester examinations but they are paralyzed to stay in their friend’s rental house due to inability in arranging journey tickets for way back home. Most of the students plan to visit their native places once a year after semester examination when the stipend is released. But this year the negligence of our state education department has discouraged the spirits of student fraternity at large and played with our emotions.

Therefore, we sympathetically request our state Government to listen to our rightful pleas and release the stipend at the earliest possible before the commencement of new academic session. We hope that our pleas would be given due importance and moved at the highest stack.


Tukka Ligu



Population growth and food production

As a continued population growth, rising meat and dairy consumption and expanding biofuel use in the coming decades promise to increase the pressure on global agriculture, China and India, home to over half the world's population, are beset by stagnation in the production of staples like rice, wheat, soybean and maize, says a new study on crop yield growth.

This is the finding of a newly published study that is based on statistics from around the world during the 1951 – 2008 period. Titled, 'Recent patterns of crop yield growth and stagnation', the study published by Nature Communications says that for some crops in China and India, the spatial extent of yield stagnation is more than half the cropped area.

For this study, the scientists developed geographically detailed maps of annual harvested areas and yields of the four staples from 1961 to 2008 to demonstrate that yields in 24–39 per cent of the harvested areas had plateaued or declined in recent years. This was in spite of an increase in crop yields in all regions during the period.

Examining 2.5 million census observations on crop yields from different countries, the study has expressed concern at the findings on rice, wheat and maize which provide 57 per cent of the world’s calories.

For the world’s top three rice producers, China, India and Indonesia, there are no yield gains in 79 per cent, 37 per cent and 81 per cent of their rice croplands, respectively, the researchers point out.

Similarly, top wheat producers, China, India and the United States, show no yield increases in 56 per cent, 70 per cent and 36 per cent of their wheat croplands respectively.